Alcohol is a primary suspect as the cause of a single-vehicle crash on Old Hwy. 26 Monday afternoon.
A vehicle driven by Ottis Ray Dearman was traveling northbound when it left the right side of the road, struck an embankment and flipped onto its roof.
“He was restrained, because when Wiggins Fire Department rescue personnel arrived, he was stuck upside down hanging from his seatbelt,” said Stone County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Kevin Sharpe. “The doors were jammed shut, so he had to be extricated.”
Evidence suggested to Sharpe that Dearman was under the influence of alcohol and field sobriety tests seemed to confirm that suspicion.
Dearman submitted to a roadside portable breath test and Sharpe said it indicated his blood-alcohol-content was several times over the legal limit of .08.
“When we got back to the Stone County Regional Correctional Facility, he refused to submit to an Intoxilyzer test,” Sharpe said. “He was charged with DUI-Refusal and now it will be up to me to present the video evidence of my field sobriety tests in order to gain a conviction.”
Dearman’s refusal to submit to the Intoxilyzer results in an automatic 90-day suspension of his driving privileges.